A slow start cost the Vincent Massey Vikings sole possession of first place in the Winnipeg High School Football League’s Kas Vidruk Division on Friday.
The Vikings (3-1) gave up the first 24 points in their 49-25 loss to the Grant Park Pirates (4-0) in Winnipeg. Massey head coach Mike Steeves said his team took a while to adjust to a new wildcat offence they had never seen on tape before.
“We’re a pretty young team and you get there and there’s a little bit of excitement and you’re playing a big game and it’s for first place and I think the nerves got the better of us,” he said. “For us, personally, it was great to be in that sort of excitement and have that kind of a game and be able to battle back at the end and show we can play with these guys.”
Massey quarterback Evan Didychuk completed 13 of 20 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns. Jace Mills caught four of those passes for 119 yards and two TDs, while A.J. Deacon also scored on a 75-yard pass. James Johnson was held to 24 yards on nine rushes.
Nathan Unger led the Vikings defence with eight tackles and one sack, while Steven Gresl added seven tackles.
Although Steeves would have liked to see a better start, he didn’t take the loss too hard.
“If you would have asked me after the first quarter, I would have said it was tough, but there were so many positives come out of the game,” he said. “We threw the ball extremely well, and they knew we were going to throw. We threw the ball really well and made a game of it in the second half.”
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 29, 2012